'90210' Exclusive: Jason Priestley's Back...and He's Not Alone!

Beverlyhills90210_lBeverly Hills’ original sideburned heartthrob is back! Sort of.

Jason Priestley has agreed to do an episode of The CW’s 90210 later this season, but you won’t see him — he’ll be behind the camera, working as a director. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Priestley will helm this season’s 18th episode, which is slated to air this spring.

Meanwhile, a 90210 insider also reveals that Priestley’s TV sis, Shannen Doherty, is nearing a deal to return for two more episodes later this season. Executive producer Gabe Sachs would only confirm that she’s “in talks,” but my 90210 spy insists “she’s coming back. The deal isn’t officially done, but it’s happening.”

Might one of Doherty’s two episodes be the Priestley-directed installment? Sachs says that’s TBD. “I think it would be a kick for Jason to work with any of his [former 90210 costars], and it would also add something special to that episode,” he says. “But we don’t know whether that will happen yet.”

A more likely scenario has Priestley bossing around his other leading lady, Jennie Garth, who’s back for at least six episodes — despite what the actress herself told me at EW’s pre-Emmy party last month. “That was a misunderstanding,” whispers a source.

For more on Priestley and Doherty’s comebacks, and to get the latest on efforts to lure Luke Perry and Tori Spelling back to the fold, pick up the new issue of EW, on sale this Friday. In the meantime, weigh in with your reaction to what’s shaping up to be quite the 90210 veteran logjam later this season.

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  • Rion

    We don’t want Jason Priestly back behind the camera–we want him ON camera as Brandon Walsh.
    Good news about Shannen and Jennie though.

  • Aliasnews

    yeah – i dont care if he directs an episode, he should appear onscreen, dammit

  • Kim

    What about everyone else? There were so many people who played supporting roles over the years, it seems like some of them would be thrilled to come back for an episode or two. Will Kelly and Erin’s mom be back? What about Erin’s other parent, or brother? Kelly’s father? Donna’s half-sister, Kelly’s half-sister, Brenda’s parents?
    I hope Luke Perry will make a visit. I know Dylan was always an escape artist, but considering everything that happened with his father, I just find it hard to swallow that he would be such a deadbeat dad(regardless of where things stood with Kelly). They’ve got to come up with some better way to explain his absence if the actor won’t visit.
    (As an aside, last night’s episode was the most promising yet — less Annie, more imperfect-yet-sympathetic characters. Then, oops, they appear to have killed off the most complex and compelling character there.)

  • Ethan

    I wouldn’t exactly call Adriana complex…
    I think they need some good veteran appearances to just make the show better. I watch the show for entertainment, but the situations are highly unbelievable and contrived.

  • Queen

    I’m glad someone else finally said it. There’s no way Dylan would be such a distant or deadbeat dad, given this history he had with his father. They really do need to clean that story up. Oh yeah, glad Jason is back but he does need to be in front of the camera.

  • Mikey

    Bring Andrea back and have her head the PTA

  • Belle

    I 3rd the motion on Dylan. That is a slap in the face to his character by calling him a deadbeat dad. Family meant everything to Dylan because he did not have a happy one. He would never want his own child to have the life he had. The first time he meet Erica (his half sister) he immediately bonded w/her & this is without the proof she was Jack McKay’s father. For heavens sake, he went to Mexico to not only get his $8MIL back but to rescue his ½ sister Erica. He told Jonesy, who was ready to leave because the money was recovered, there was no way he was leaving Erica behind. And when Erica all of the sudden grew up & became a hooker living on the streets in Season 8, after she cleaned up her act, Brandon & Kelly said that Dylan wanted her to live with him & Brenda in London. He & his beloved Toni even took in that black kitten that turned up on his doorstep on Halloween. So you (the writers) are telling me he would abandon his own flesh & blood? NO FRIGGIN WAY AND HELL NO!!

  • hannah

    last nite’s episode had no veterans and stank … though i love the cliche druggie don’t kill her and amberlynn mccord needs to act more like her character on nip/tuck

  • Belle

    OOPS!! I meant to say: This was before Dylan had proof that Jack was actually Erica’s father. Not “she was Jack McKay’s father”. Sorry, I’m at work and had to type fast on this blog =)

  • cRAIG

    Jonesy: now that was a great character. if Jack ever comes back (again), i’m OUT. talk about a slap in the face, bringing him back in Season 9 or 10(?). i guess Toni died for nothing. as for last night’s episode, the ending was a bit of a shock. and how ’bout the 21 Jump Street angle?

  • j.c

    I keep running into the opinion: more old 90210. How many of us are getting attached to the new characters of 90210??

  • Jessie’s Girl

    Yes, way to go! You’ve found the worst possible pic of Shannon Doherty ever, thank you for that. And what excactly is Jason Priestly wearing in that picture, a sherpa vest? It’s fun to see Picasso-face and her brother as they were back in the day, yet another reminder that 90210 is as stale as last week’s yogurt.

  • Jac

    Hey, if Jennie comes back I might actually start watching again. I couldn’t care less about Shannen returning; her character had no story and really just got in the way of the rest of the show. I agree that seeing Luke would be great, but they murdered the character of Dylan. No way would he ever be a deadbeat dad. Even if, for some strange reason, he and Kelly had split after Sammy was born, he would never just vanish and not come to see them for almost four years. That’s ridiculous.

  • Mark

    In a way, I’m kind of glad he isn’t going to be on-camera. Too much temptation to do a Brandon-Kelly story, and they were done when they were done.
    I couldn’t stand the self-righteous stories (Kelly against porn, Brandon talking smack to dead guys, etc) and I didn’t think Garth/Priestley had any sexual chemistry (at least not nearly as much as Perry with either of the girls).

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